Good news: Rockies manager Jim Tracy, who collapsed at the Meetings last night, is reported to be resting comfortably today and doing as well as can be expected. Tracy Ringolsby reports this morning that the doctors “have ruled out everything serious.”
While the meetings are a lot of fun and there is a healthy amount of socializing, managers and team executives are under a lot of pressure here. Tracy and the other managers had a ton of media attention yesterday. Then there are actual meetings that they attend. They’re “on” all day, and it’s easy to not take some time, drink some water, and chill out. Here’s hoping that Tracy’s issue was one of exhaustion and nothing more.
If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.
“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.
Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.